Series: Black Blade #1
Published by Kensington on April 28, 2015
Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
There Be Monsters Here. . .
It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America." Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.
I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.
But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend's pawn shop, and I have to make a call--get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn't. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I'm stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I'm going to end up just like her. . .
COLD BURN OF MAGIC is exactly what one would expect from an author like Estep - excellent and fun. Similar to her Elemental Assassin series, COLD BURN OF MAGIC is a new world filled with interesting characters, creative mythology, and a little touch of romance.
Fans of Estep's Elemental Assassin series will feel right at home here in the Black Blade series. The parallels are more common than not - Lila's mother, like Gin's, was brutally murdered, Mo, the guy who finds her jobs is a bit more sketchy than Fletcher, but still similar, Lila seems to get the same sense of comfort from fingering her throwing stars in her belt that Gin gets from feeling her knives strapped on, and both are more deadly than they seem. However, that all being said, Lila manages to hold her own. While in the beginning, the comparisons briefly overwhelmed me, as I got more into the story, I was able to lose myself in the world of Cloudburst Falls and its unique brand of magic and politics, along with Lila's relationships.
Lila is a pretty awesome character, which is great, since there are so many secondary characters in COLD BURN OF MAGIC it's hard to get a feel for all of them. This is clearly a book of set-up, with flash-backs to establish Lila's history, and introductions to bunches of characters- even if some of them don't play big parts in this book, you can tell they'll be stepping up later. Nothing wrong with that, of course, and the storyline of this book has a clear beginning and ending, but it is obviously part of a bigger plot arc that we'll see completely revealed in future installments.
All in all, COLD BURN OF MAGIC is definitely a fun read. And while I'm hoping for certain things to happen, I'm also looking forward to the ride that Estep will take us on in DARK HEART OF MAGIC, the second installment in the Black Blade series, due out in October.Series Titles:
- Cold Burn of Magic
- Dark Heart of Magic
- For another series by this author, try the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.
- For another story about a young thief, try Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson.
And, check out an audio clip from the audiobook of COLD BURN OF MAGIC!